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Who's your pick to win the Super Bowl? http://on.mash.to/163VJlL

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Interesting thoughts on how Math should be taught and learned.
Believe it or not, math is changing. Or at least the way we use math in the context of our daily lives is changing. The way you learned math will not prepare your children with the mathematical skills they need in the 21st Century. Don’t take my word for it. I [...]
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When to share learning expectations and when NOT to share learning expectations.
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Game-Based Learning, #gbl , with World of Warcraft, WoW, in Science. My thoughts and reflections.
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Totally with you there, Josh! I've had one of my most challenging years ever. I've second guessed every move and every assignment and in the end I stand by my choices because I made them all to offer ALL my students the best learning experiences. Lots of failure but I'm hoping that there were positive impacts too. 
As another school year draws to a close I always like to look back and reflect on the year. For me this was an especially difficult and trying to school year. The students that I worked with although rewarding, were often cha...
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That really sucks, John. I am shocked that people feel so strongly about you without reading all that you write or asking you and engaging in polite discourse. 
I spent hours online this weekend trying to clarify my thoughts on Louis CK, expertise and parental involvement. In the process, people made bold assumptions about me: that I am in favor of Common Core, that I am an education...
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I didn't know until I saw an interview by Vinz and Nico that their Am I Wrong? song is about following your passion! Totally reminds me of 20% Time and Genius Hour!
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An example of how even common assessments can inaccurately report on student learning.
Sebastian Bergmann Some Rights Reserved I’m taking an online course, Formative Assessment and Standards-Based Grading, from the Marzano Research Laboratory,
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My final reflections on using WoW in a Science classroom. #gbl  
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What am I missing here? Reflection on a tough year where a majority to students refused to engage in my classes.
I need a fresh perspective on something I've been struggling with this school year. My reason for gamifying my courses was to motivate and engage more of my
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I've experienced project failure where some teams don't get into it, they run out of time, and in the end they don't finish their project. Other teams goof around then slap together a feeble end product (I get that socializing and hanging out is more interesting to them than the project). Some teams struggle and run out if time so they don't finish or end up with a feeble, half-finished product.

We can make projects as enticing as we can, provide support and scaffolding and still have it bomb. Different groups of kids will have different working dynamics, some functional, some disfunctional.

I struggle with deciding when to end the project because I hold on to the hope that if I give them more time they'll get into it. Then I get let down when they just continue to socialize and hang out instead of working on the project! 
My son has been working on his Pokemon wall for months. He's spent hours sketching, drawing, cutting out and taping each character on his wall. Some of them are his own creations. Others are from the series. However, each one...
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Yeah, as easy as, "build it and they will come," seems it doesn't always work! Earlier this year I had 8th grade complain and try to get out of having to make biome commercial-type movies. I found myself trying to talk kids out of making easy posters and to film commercials instead! I never thought I'd be coercing kids to make videos! Posters are easier, I had to give them that. 
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Born in Miami, FL, Cuban-American, moved to Southern Cal and now living in Pac NW. Went from Hot and Humid, to Hot and Dry, and now in Cold and Wet!!
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